Colo. City Council Drops Prayer from Meetings

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Colorado's Pueblo City Council will now begin its meetings with a moment of silence instead of a prayer.
The change comes after a complaint the Freedom of Religion Foundation in Madison, Wis. The group sent a letter to council members, arguing the opening prayer is unconstitutional.

Council members said they believe a moment of silence will satisfy all sides.

Local television stations talked to voters about the decision.
"I'm really sad that they made that decision because for those of us who believe in God and the power of prayer I think prayer is very important," Mary Beth Netherton told KKTV.

Another Pueblo resident, George Starkgraf, told news reporters, "Regarding the moment of silence, I actually find it to be more fair because it gives people who want to pray the option to do so but those who don't want to, no longer have to."

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